Anaheim 1 vs. Edmonton 2
April 28, 2017
Oilers lead series 2-0
The Edmonton Oilers jumped out to a two-goal lead almost halfway through the second period en route to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. With the win, the Oilers took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Second Round series. The series now shifts to Edmonton for Game 3 on Sunday, April 30 (4 p.m. PT) and Game 4 on Wednesday, May 3 (7 p.m. PT) at Rogers Place.
Jakob Silfverberg scored a PPG at the 15:34 mark of the second period to pull the Ducks within one. The goal marked Silfverberg's fourth of the playoffs and his second in as many games. With the goal, Silfverberg passed Paul Kariya (29) for seventh on the all-time franchise scoring list, while also tying Francois Beauchemin (10) and Bobby Ryan (10) for eighth on the all-time franchise goals list.
Cam Fowler and Ryan Kesler each earned an assist on the Silfverberg PPG. Fowler now has assists in consecutive games (0-2=2) since returning to the lineup in Game 1, while Kesler has three assists in the last two games.
Tonight's attendance was 17,174, a sellout.
On the first two games of the series
These are hard-fought games. These are both good hockey teams out there battling. I thought tonight was one of our better games we've played in a while. We just need to find a way to get it done.
On the disappointment of losing both games on home ice
It's always disappointing. You're talking about playoff hockey and having your own building. I'd be really disappointed if we didn't play well. We played pretty good hockey tonight. We have to make a few adjustments.
On the series
We just have to keep doing what we're doing. We're doing a lot of good things out there today. The last piece is missing and it's correctable. We have to get more bodies in front. [Talbot's] a good goalie, so you have to make sure to push him back into the net and get in front of him. We just need to stay the course.
On generating chances
We're playing pretty good. It's just making sure to get guys in front. We're taking a lot of good shots and good looks. We need to make it harder on [Talbot].
On the series deficit
If you're going to play a long time, you're going to have adversity. We have it now. If we want to have success, we have a job to get done.
On the positives
I thought we played really well. Their goalie played well. They got a couple bounces and we hit a couple posts. That's the way it is. If we get a couple bounces, maybe it goes a different way. That's why you need to win four games.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the game
We directed a lot of pucks and did a lot of good things, but we got behind the eight ball when they scored on their first shot. It put us back on our heels a little bit. As the game went on, we put a lot of pressure on them. We hit a couple posts, but that's the way it goes in some of these situations. We're going to have to direct more shots to the net and simplify. If we continue to do that, we will be rewarded.
On the team's performance
I was happy with our effort. We haven't had enough net presence on the goaltender. He got to see too many pucks. We missed the net 26 times. We weren't on the inside enough. We did it, but not consistently.
On tonight's win
The boys played hard. We got pucks out at the right time and we got some key saves at the right time. It probably wasn't our best, but we knew they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us and I thought they did. But for us, it was a gutsy win and we found a way to get on the board early and play with the lead and I thought we did a good job playing with the lead.
On Cam Talbot's play
He was excellent tonight. Like I have been telling everyone all year, he has probably been our best player all year. He made some key saves tonight.
On being up 2-0 in the series
It means a lot. We didn't want to come here and split. We wanted to come here and win hockey games and that's what we did. I thought tonight was a gutsy win like I said. We started off with the lead and we held it. That is the hardest lead to hold in hockey and I think we did a good job at holding it.
On his play during the playoffs
Consistency I would have to say, yeah, I guess the guys are doing a great job in front of me. I'm finding some of those pucks that maybe I wouldn't have found before. That's what you need in the playoffs. You're not going to win without goaltending in the playoffs. I am just trying to go out there and give us a chance every night.
On Adam Larsson's play
What else can you say about him after the other night. If you were going to tell me one of our Swedish defensemen was going to have three points last night I wouldn't have guessed it was going to be the right handed guy. But he is just so steady back there. Any night he can contribute like the other night that is just huge, but that's not what we expect from him. He is a shutdown guy and that is what he did tonight.
On tonight's win
Going forward in the future if we want to have success we are going to have to go through these guys. It's a good test for us right now and we are definitely stepping up. We have the confidence in each other to get it done.
On heading back to Edmonton with a 2-0 lead in the series
I haven't been in this spot before. You don't want to look too far ahead. You just want to take it day by day. Every game there is new momentum. There aren't too much momentum shifts. I mean it changes every game. We know these guys are going to come at us hard and we saw it tonight and we got an early one and that sort of set the pace there.
Head Coach Todd McLellan
On Talbot being tonight's hero
The one wearing the big pads was our hero tonight and had a tremendous game. We weren't the same team as we were in the first game, but they weren't either. They pushed us hard and they did a lot of good things tonight. We know moving forward we are going to have to be a lot better, but that's okay. We have an opportunity to park this one and try and fix some things. While all that's going on, the goaltender stood on his head.
On getting the first goal on the first shot
It was big. What it did was take the energy out of the building for a little while which certainly helped us. I thought the first ten minutes, the rhythm worked our way a little bit too with some of the things that were going on. After that, the game settled in and they were probably the better team. They were the better team after that. We got some breaks and got some great goaltending.